Arts & Entertainment News

Baseball movies to watch while the major leagues are on hold

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Photo: imdb.com

Normally, at this time of year, Major League Baseball is almost two months into the season, and fans have started to fill in the ballots for the upcoming All-Star game in mid-July.

QHS Trivia Night held online this year

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

So, this is what the pandemic has led us to. Playing trivia games online instead of in the comfort of the Quebec High School gymnasium. And on an app called Kahoot, of all things!

Lights, camera, movies? Maybe!

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Photo: Rachel Collet from QCT archives

When Mayor Régis Labeaume proposed the possibility of free drive-in movies at three sites around Quebec City at a press conference on April 22 (see Peter Black’s article on page 2), the city’s entertainment-starved press and public jumped on the idea. However, the business community and public health authorities still have some reservations.

Unimaginable: COVID-19 kills FEQ 2020, Fête nationale on Plains

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Photo: Halsey Facebook page

When Premier François Legault took a stroll on the Plains of Abraham a few Saturdays ago, the possibility – perhaps inevitability – of a summer deprived of public gatherings in the city’s spectacular park must have been on his mind.

Virtual motorsports aid in the race to cure COVID-19

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As people of the world find creative ways to stay connected while doing their part to combat COVID-19, veteran race car driver Bertrand Godin will use his talent to fight the virus in a unique way. Godin will be behind the wheel of car No. 77, sporting the colours of Groupe à l’infini.

Ti Boeuf rock band is ready for the spotlight

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Photo: Ti Boeuf by Reloopstudio

Instead of lounging around during the COVID-19 lockdown, the members of Ti Boeuf have been making music from home in Saint-Raymond de Portneuf. The rock trio – brothers Derek Lee (guitar) and Landon Ra (bass) Dagenais, and their pal Olivier Cabot (drums) – recorded and produced their first EP, called Anderson I, earlier this year.

Wait Until Dark fans must … wait

For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, the Quebec Art Company (QAC) has been forced to postpone a show in the works. The reason is the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

QAC president Cheryl Rimmer says the production of the thriller Wait Until Dark, which had been slated for May, will now be staged at the end of November.

Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec 2020 cancelled

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Irish eyes weren’t smiling in Quebec City when it was announced that edition 2020 of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Quebec City St. Patrick’s parade isn’t alone in being cancelled, however. In Montreal and a number of cities in the United States, and even in Ireland, parades won’t be held this year.

A look back at Shannon Irish Shows

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There was no Shannon Irish Show this year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, so we thought we’d treat you to a few favourite photos from past years.

Bon courage, Shannon, the Irish Show will “rise again!”

 

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Magnificent last concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On March 11, a full house was privileged – and fortunate – to attend what was likely the last concert to be held at the Grand Théâtre for the next 30 days, possibly longer, depending on the duration of the COVID-19 closures.

Songs to See By looks at Canadian art in a new light

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Photo: Aurian Haller

The Aurian Haller Band wants you never to look at Canadian art the same way again.

The 12 tracks on the Quebec City quartet’s latest album, Songs to See By, due out in late spring, were all inspired by famous works by Canadian artists.

La Galerie: more fondue than Happy Meal

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The opening show by the homegrown Quebec-based acrobatic company Machine de Cirque took place in Quebec City on March 3 at the dazzling Diamant theatre.

Wait until you see Wait Until Dark!

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Photo: Quebec Art Company

Rehearsals are well underway for the latest Quebec Art Company production, the edge-of-your-seat thriller Wait Until Dark. Written by British mystery-master Frederick Knott, the play is the story of a young blind woman matching wits against a trio of thugs plotting to get their hands on a doll stuffed with heroin hidden in her apartment.

Larry Hamilton to be honoured at the Shannon Irish Show

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Irish culture and entertainment will be on tap on March 14 at the 54th Shannon Irish Show, with showtimes at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m at the Shannon Community Centre.

UNFORTUNATELY, due to the government of Québec's announcement on March 12, to restrict the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronoavirus, the Shannon Irish Show has been CANCELLED. 

You Oughta Know! Alanis Morissette to headline FEQ

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Photo: FEQ

For music fans, it’s like Christmas morning on a February afternoon.

That’s because the folks behind the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) have ripped the wrapping off a huge pile of gifts to thrill fans of just about every type of popular music.

Authors share their journeys at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The best books make readers travel along with the authors on journeys they won’t soon forget. On Feb. 27 at the Morrin Centre, authors Kaie Kellough and Rebecca Fisseha shared the journeys that led to their recent books, as part of the Morrin Centre’s Open Book discussion series.

St. Lawrence theatre troupe flies over the cuckoo’s nest

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From Feb. 27-29, the iA Financial Group Auditorium was transformed into a psychiatric ward. The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence theatre troupe members were either patients or medical staff in Ken Kesey’s classic psychological thriller One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Club Musical de Québec announces magnificent upcoming season

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Photo: Club musical de Québec

Classical music fans can look forward to a series of world-class concerts with the Club Musical de Québec over the coming year. Club Musical de Québec director Marie Fortin announced the 2020-2021 program at the Palais Montcalm on Feb. 26.

Discover the many faces of art at FIFA

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Photo: Festival international des films sur l'art

Everyone has a different definition of what constitutes a work of art. For some, the height of beauty may be a Renaissance painting, for others, a folk song, for others, a carefully prepared meal with thought put into every sauce and garnish.

Quebec City’s 66th Winter Carnival a picture-perfect event

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Everyone was invited to visit Bonhomme Carnaval at home in his Ice Palace.

 

MNBAQ reveals the world of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) recently opened a new exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding works by history’s most celebrated painter couple, Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She was a committed artist and female role model. He was Mexico’s foremost muralist painter.

Shannon’s Winterfest Saturdays are filled with fun

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Shannon’s Winterfest is back for a 13th edition, and this year it will extend the enjoyment of winter enthusiasts with not one, but four Saturdays of activities, giving residents of Shannon and the surrounding area a unique opportunity to come together to enjoy the pleasures of the season.

White carpet for the opening of Quebec Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Mother Nature rolled out the white carpet for the opening ceremony of the Quebec City Winter Carnival, followed by the Pepsi Hip-Hop Party at the Ice Palace on Feb. 7. Bonhomme Carnaval and hundreds of carnival-goers welcomed the blizzard with open arms. Thick snowflakes blanketed the site, increasing people’s energy and adding to the magic of the Ice Palace.

Lots of rhythm, lots of fun at the Winter Carnival Parade

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Cold temperatures, crowds, floats and horns … symbols of the Carnaval we all know and love. By midday on Feb. 8, traffic was being diverted from Grande Allée. Floats, costumes and props were lined up along the fence of the Plains of Abraham, creating an anticipatory magical buzz in the air.

Art and all that jazz at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A very unusual concert took place in the auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on Feb. 7. You had to be a pretty determined lover of art and jazz to venture out in the winter storm that had been raging outside all day, and – most of the seats in the auditorium were filled.

Art and all that jazz at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A very unusual concert took place in the auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on Feb. 7. You had to be a pretty determined lover of art and jazz to venture out in the winter storm that had been raging outside all day, and – most of the seats in the auditorium were filled.

Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Fête de l’Hiver gives warm welcome to Bonhomme Carnaval

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Fête de l’Hiver was held on Feb. 1. This annual winter festival is a very popular family event with a variety of outdoor activities. Mother Nature was on our side, making the day even more enjoyable.

Highlanders and friends gather to celebrate the birthday of Scottish bard Robbie Burns

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 1801, five years after the death of Robbie Burns, nine of his friends gathered in Scotland to give testament to the poet’s life and works. Since then, annual gatherings take place on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Burns’ birth in 1759.

A pioneer of the Romantic movement in literature, Burns was celebrated last Saturday night at the Garrison Club in Old Quebec.

A full house and stage for an amazing concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The stage of the Grand Théâtre was filled to capacity on Jan. 22 and 23 as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, augmented for the first time by Les Violons du Roy, presented Igor Stavinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) – a revolutionary work in the history of music and dance. The monumental work required the presence of an impressive number of instruments on stage.

Cookshire’s Pine Hill Farm: The land, the people by Winston C. Fraser

B OOK REVIEW

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Photo: Photo of book cover by Shirley Nadeau

Winston Fraser has done it again! His latest book about his family’s history of settlement in the village of Cookshire in the Eastern Townships, launched in early December 2019, is a tale of determination and continuity that dates back to thousands of years before his ancestors settled on the land, then inhabited by First Nations people.

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